4th of July style guide
However you'll be celebrating the Fourth of July, you'll want your outfit to be the perfect blend of patriotic and stylish. Follow these easy steps to All-American looks for the beach party, backyard barbecue, boat outing and country club soiree. -- Nina Ruggiero
Meghan Giannotta and Elaine Vuong assisted in compiling this photo gallery.
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1. The top
You'll want to stay cool and casual while sipping summer cocktails in the backyard, but that doesn't mean you can't show off a little bit. Tie on this Starshine tee from Wildfox Couture and you have an instant style winner; $77 at wildfoxcouture.com.
2. The skirt
When paired with an understated crop top, a bright red skirt will pop. This one by Mossimo for Target is light and comfortable with an elastic waistband, so you can eat all the hot dogs and burgers you please; $19.99 at target.com.
3. The headwrap
Help your hair beat the heat in a festive turban headband in stripes of navy and white; $24 at select Free People stores and freepeople.com.
4. The swimsuit
July Fourth on Long Island is always a scorcher, and your backyard barbecue will likely include a dip in the pool. With candy stripes and cute ruffles, the Madi push-up bandeau bikini from the Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy swim collection is a part retro-girl-next door and part goddess (and it's on sale); top $25.50, bottoms $16.50 at victoriassecret.com.
5. The shoes
Finish off the look with comfortable wedges like these Lucky Brand Hunters in American Navy, which give a little lift and a lot of style; $69, at zappos.com.
COUNTRY CLUB SOIREE
1. The dress
Everyone needs a little white dress, and this summer staple is the perfect canvas for a Fourth of July look. Keep it classy in this Asos pleated frock in lightweight cotton; $53.02, at asos.com.
4. The lips
Now that you're all dressed, it's time for the finishing touch. You'll want to keep the rest of your makeup light and simple, but go for bold, red lips to create your own fireworks. Try Revlon ColorBurst lipstick in True Red; $6.99 at select drugstores and target.com.
ON THE BOAT
1. The dress
The nautical look is a Long Island staple, and this belted dress from Delia's is perfectly patriotic, too. It's on sale for $39.50 at delias.com.
2. The jacket
The denim jacket is as American as apple pie. This old classic is back in a big way this year, and when thrown over a sundress it's the perfect way to keep warm for a breezy summer night on the water; $49.95 at select American Eagle stores and ae.com.
3. The shoes
Complete the boat-ready look in a pair of red deck trainers from Top Shop. The patriotic color makes this casual style pop; $45, at topshop.com.
4. The hair
For perfectly effortless summer hair, spritz your locks with Bangstyle Sea Salt Mist. This no-hold spray leaves you with natural texture and a beachy sea salt and kelp induced shine; $17, at bangstyle.com.
5. The nails
This laid-back holiday is all about no-fuss fashion. Show your patriotic pride like a rock star with NCLA's Fiercely Independent nail wrap kit -- no drying, heat lamps or wait time required; $16 at shopncla.com.
1. The swimsuit
Your swimsuit is the main event at a beach party, and this retro Maritime and Again two-piece is ready for the spotlight. Top, $73.99, bottoms, $57.99; at modcloth.com.
2. The shorts
For a day in the sand, you'll want to keep your look simple and easy. Throw a great pair of shorts over your best bikini and a shirt isn't even necessary. These Kate Spade New York striped shorts are on sale for $118.80; at bloomingdales.com.
3. The hat
Shield yourself from the sun's harsh rays while looking like a true American beauty in this floppy hat; $12.80, at forever21.com.